Brent Urdu Poetry Group – starts today

To mark the auspicious occasion of the birthday of the late philosopher and famous poet, Sir Allama Iqbal, Brent Libraries in partnership with ALAG are proud to launch the first ever Brent Urdu Poetry Group.

The group will meet at Wembley Library from 2.30 – 4.30pm today and then at the same time on the 1st Sunday of each month. The event will be hosted by renowned Wembley Urdu poet, Mr Aqueel Danish. More details and information can be found on the poster below:


Light refreshments will be available. Attendance is FREE and all Urdu poetry lovers are welcome!

The ALAG Team


Book launch and Mushaira

Over 160 Urdu poetry enthusiasts gathered at the prestigious Civic Centre, Wembley to join Aqueel Danish and friends to launch his book: Pairaya – e – izhaar”  a collection of poems on Friday 17th October 2014. An excellent evening was had by all, starting with delicious refreshments in Wembley Library where attendees and guests were given the opportunity to join Brent Libraries and also borrow loan copies of the book.

Gulshan Iqbal, Chair of ALAG opened the event with a welcome and introduction to  Aqueel Danish’s enormous contribution to the field of Urdu literature.


ALAG members enjoy an evening of poetry

ALAG members enjoy an evening of poetry

Aqueel Danish and friends recite poetry from his book

Aqueel Danish and friends recite poetry from his book

ALAG members would like to thank Mrs Tasneem Danish for her contribution to the success of the evening and for the extensive support received from Brent Libraries’ staff, Development Managers Sarah Smith  throughout the planning process and Stephanie Wilson on the event evening itself as well as members of the Events Team.

Copies of the book were sold out and many attendees gave positive verbal feedback, asking for more events in Urdu and acknowledging the support from Brent Libraries.

Members of the press were also in attendance to record the event and take it to the wider community



Mushaira – an evening of poetry with Aqueel Danish and the launch of his new book

Mushaira picALAG is proud to present an evening of poetry with renowned Wembley poet, Aqueel Danish who will be launching his new book: “Pairaya – e – izhaar”  a collection of poems.

Aqueel Danish is an Urdu poet, prose writer, critic, columnist and a Lecturer of Urdu.  He has been honoured to receive a Baba-e-Urdu Gold Medal from the University of Karachi and Iqbal Gold Medal from the Government of Pakistan for his literary work.

For three years he was a co-opted member of Brent Education Committee and appropriately will be joined by friends in the Conference Hall at the Civic Centre in Wembley on Friday 17th October 2014 from 6.30 – 9pm. Light refreshments will be served at 6.30pm and all Urdu poetry enthusiasts will be welcome to attend this prestigious event in partnership with Brent Libraries.

For more details click on this link: Mushaira invite 171014

The event will begin with an address from ALAG Chairperson: Gulshan Iqbal and signed copies of the book will be on sale at the event for the special price of £5 (cash only)

ALAG members look forward to welcoming you.

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